"When he elevates by design, it's good," Francona said, per MLB.com. "Part of that is, when he's throwing the ball down and he changes their eye level, that's when you see the swing and miss."
Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said he's been encouraged by McAllister's last two starts. He has a 1.89 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in his last two starts, as well as 11 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.
"I think it's huge, because he's such a fastball guy," Callaway said. "I thought the biggest adjustment the last two games is he's pounding the zone, but he's doing it down in the zone. So, when he leaves the ball up, he gets a swing and miss or maybe it eats them up. That makes that high fastball effective."
"He's done a really good job of staying ready," Francona said, per MLB.com. "I think he's been on time more often. I actually think he has the ability that, when he really figures it out, then I think he can be dangerous for a long time. He's got bat speed. He's got the ability to adjust to offspeed pitches. I think there's some thunder in that bat."
Chisenhall, who entered Thursday batting .421 (8 for 19) with four doubles in six games, said he entered the season with a new mental approach.
"If I started out the game 0-for-1 [in the past], I'd try to get two hits in my second at-bat," Chisenhall said. "That's kind of how I felt. It wasn't beneficial. ... I still feel over-anxious every once in a while. I just step out of the box and gather myself. It's been a long road to get here, but I feel better about where I'm at."
Burnett engaged in a pitcher's duel against Atlanta lefty Alex Wood for seven innings, during which he blanked the Braves on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He was saddled with a no-decision, but his performance allowed his team to emerge with a 1-0 victory.
He will attempt to secure his first win with Philadelphia on Tuesday against the host Dodgers.
Wood matched shutout innings with A.J. Burnett until yielding an RBI single to Ben Revere with two out in the eighth. He surrendered eight hits, walked none and fanned seven in lowering his ERA to 1.89. His lone walk kept the eighth inning alive.
He will get a chance to improve his 2-2 record in a Tuesday showdown against Miami stud Jose Fernandez.
Tabata is available off the bench.
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Bruce Bochy told CSNBayArea.com that he was merely being cautious in keeping Pagan out. He is expected to return in time for the weekend series in San Diego.
Anderson is expected to be sidelined at least until late May.
Pryor has been dealing with a triceps injury, but has been able to get through rehab outings. Pryor will likely be up with the major-league club at some point, but will start his season in the minors.
Joyce will be spelled by Logan Forsythe, who will play left field. Brandon Guyer will play center field. Joyce is hitting .333 in 36 at-bats.